Rainfall picks up Thursday
August 15, 2013, 8:08 pm by James Walker
A weak cool front accompanied by scattered rains that moved through Burnet and Llano counties Wednesday cooled things off in the region but had no discernible effect on the Highland Lakes.
However, significant rain began to fall in the area Thursday night, with LCRA rain gauges nearing two inches in some parts of the Highland Lakes in the two-hour period ending at 8 p.m. Thursday.
As of Thursday night, Tow had received an additional 1.93 inches on top of the 1.89 it had received through Wednesday evening.
Other Thursday night rainfall totals as of 8 p.m. were 1.58 inches in Burnet, .83 inches in Marble Falls, .37 inches in Spicewood, 1.37 inches in Kingsland at the FM 1431 bridge, .26 inches in Llano and .02 inches in Bertram.
Law enforcement agencies in Burnet and Llano Countiesdid not report any low water crossing closures as of Thursday night.
On Wednesday, parts of the Tow community near where the Colorado River empties into Lake Buchanan got the most rain, 1.89 inches according to Lower Colorado River Authority gauges there, but it did not translate to more water in the reservoir.
The Thursday morning level of Lake Buchananwas 987.53 feet msl (mean sea level), virtually unchanged from Wednesday afternoon.
That figure is about 23.8 feet below its historic August average of 1,011.37 feet msl.
The level of Lake Travis was 622.72 feet msl, which is about 42.3 feet below its historic August average of 665.05 ft msl.
The two reservoirs are the primary source of drinking and other vital household water for more than a million people in Central Texas.
Other rainfall totals from Wednesday showers were .04 inches in Burnet, .57 inches in Kingsland at the FM 1431 bridge, .09 in Llano, .58 in Marble Falls, .19 in Spicewood and .10 in Bertram.
For the full story, see the weekend edition of The Highlander.
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